Wellness Program

The Mennonite Village Wellness Program provides many activities and services for the residents and employees of Mennonite Village. The dimensions of wellness are social, vocational/professional, nutritional, spiritual, physical, intellectual, environmental, and emotional. Individuals are encouraged to include all aspects of wellness into their active lifestyles. The following are free to both residents and employees except where noted.

 

Wellness Services

  • Wellness and Aquatic orientation for residents and employees
  • Ongoing assistance in the use of exercise equipment
  • Personal training for residents and employees (fee)
  • Fitness assessments
  • Wellness programming offered campus wide to employees and residents in both Independent Living and care facilities
  • Massage (fee)
  • Outdoor sporting equipment available

The Wellness and Aquatic Centers are located in Lakeside Center at 2180 54th Avenue SE, between Clay and Davidson streets.

Wellness Classes

Better Bones & Balance
Improve your bone strength and density, muscular strength, coordination and balance.

Forever Fit Chair Class
Strength, stretching and balance exercises performed both in seated and standing positions.

Tai Chi Level II
10 and 24-Form Yang Style for better balance. Tai Chi is an evidence-based exercise that has demonstrated effective results for fall prevention.

Zumba
Zumba is a cardio fitness class that serves as “exercise in disguise.” With a combination of low-intensity and high-intensity moves, this interval style class provides cardio, muscle strengthening, balance, flexibility, and a boost of energy in each class.

Zumba Gold
Zumba Gold is a modified Zumba class that is adapted to provide the same benefits at a lower intensity level. This class focuses on coordination, range of motion, and balance while also providing great cardiovascular benefits and muscular strengthening.

Circuit Class
This class incorporates all the strength work you need for the recommended guidelines for older adults. Weight machines, bands, hand weights and body weight are used to provide a time-based efficient workout.

Balance Skills
A range of activities that address the multiple factors that can affect balance. These exercises enhance both stationary and moving balance as well as improve daily function.

Healthy Back
Core and lower back strength exercises recommended to decrease pain and increase range of motion.

Staying Flexible
Thirty minutes of gentle and easy-to-follow stretches that can be done in a chair or standing.

Tai Chi Level I
10-Form Yang Style exercises performed seated or standing with slow flowing movements to instill relaxation, balance, strength, flexibility and mind/body awareness.

Gentle Yoga
Movements, also called poses, focus on breath, posture, and mind/body awareness. The poses produce greater strength, balance, and flexibility. Seated poses can be performed on a chair or on a mat. Standing poses can be performed with the assistance of a chair.

Mat Yoga
Poses focus on posture, breath and mind/body awareness. Benefits include increased strength, stamina, balance, and flexibility. Supplies and equipment are provided, but you are also welcome to bring your own.

Therapeutic Warm Water Pool and Spa

Orientation required for use. Hours of operation are 8:00am-8:00pm, seven days a week. Classes available are:

Arthritis Mobility
Class focuses on range of motion, flexibility, strength and endurance.  This is not a cardio based class.

Stronger Bodies Water Walking Class emphasizes balance skills practice and strengthening exercises while walking in the water.

AM Fitness
Class is designed to increase your endurance, cardio-respiratory fitness, muscular strength and balance.

 

Wellness Activities

Monthly Wellness breakfasts are open to residents, employees, and the community every month except September.

Wii Games
The Wii system is a series of video games that range from bowling and golf to balance practice with yoga movements. Social events and competitions are sponsored by the Wellness Program.

Fit & Forward
Residents and employees receive a T-shirt after the completion of 110 visits to the Wellness Center, Aquatic Center and/or participation in Wellness Program classes. All participants are eligible for quarterly prize drawings.

Shuffleboard, petanque, horseshoes, pickleball, putting green, billiards, table tennis, spa, and walking trails are available on campus.

Wellness Program Staff

Bernadette Milstead, B.S.
Director of Wellness

  • American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer
  • Functional Aging Program Certified (FAI)

Abby McAllister, B.S.
Wellness Program Coordinator

  • Better Bones and Balance Certified Instructor
  • Tai Chi 10-Form and 24-Form Yang Style Certified Instructor
  • Exercise Etc. Older Adult Fitness Specialist
  • American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer
  • Official Zumba and Zumba Gold Instructor

Leslie Lewis, B.S.
Wellness Program Aquatic Coordinator

  • Aquatic Exercise Association Certified
  • YMCA of the USA Water Fitness Faculty
  • ASHI BLS & First Aid Instructor

Diana Bernstein, M.S.N.
Wellness Program Instructor

  • American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer